Q & A is a novel by Vikas Swarup, an Indian diplomat. Published in , it was the author's . In the movie Slumdog Millionaire, the themes are: true love, determination, corruption vs subservience, poverty, and ultimately greed. Jamal loves. Vikas Swarup's spectacular debut novel opens in a jail cell in Mumbai, Ind Q & A is the book that inspired the film Slumdog Millionaire. However, the two. Slumdog Millionaire book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Q&A - renamed Slumdog Millionaire after the Oscar- winning fi.
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But he was not a Slumdog-kid as described in the book: He did his schooling at Boys' Millionaire is for the fact that Ram, as a Slumdog, becomes a millionaire. Find helpful customer reviews and review ratings for Slumdog Millionaire: A Novel at preacharapapta.gq Read honest and unbiased product reviews from our users. Vikas Swarup's *Slumdog Millionaire*, reviewed and recommended fiction. Originally published as q & a, Vikas Swarup's debut novel is the story of Ram.
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Return to Book Page. Vikas Swarup's spectacular debut novel opens in a jail cell in Mumbai, India, where Ram Mohammad Thomas is being held after correctly answering all twelve questions on India's biggest quiz show, Who Will Win a Billion?
It is hard to believe that a poor orphan who has never read a newspaper or gone to school could win such a contest. But through a series of exhilarating tal Vikas Swarup's spectacular debut novel opens in a jail cell in Mumbai, India, where Ram Mohammad Thomas is being held after correctly answering all twelve questions on India's biggest quiz show, Who Will Win a Billion?
But through a series of exhilarating tales Ram explains to his lawyer how episodes in his life gave him the answer to each question. Ram takes us on an amazing review of his own history - from the day he was found as a baby in the clothes donation box of a Delhi church to his employment by a faded Bollywood star to his adventure with a security-crazed Australian army colonel to his career as an overly creative tour guide at the Taj Mahal.
Cutting across humanity in all its squalor and glory, Vikas Swarup presents a kaleidoscopic vision of the struggle between good and evil - and what happens when one boy has no other choice in life but to survive. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title. Ram Mohammad Thomas.
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I've heard that the book isn't that good and not nearly as good as the movie. Is this true? Smit Zaveri The book is definitely more engaging and true when compared to the anglicized and over-rated movie.
The characters are well fleshed out and it is very …more The book is definitely more engaging and true when compared to the anglicized and over-rated movie. The characters are well fleshed out and it is very well written. Maybe i'm the only one who like the book more than the movie. Abby James I really have to admire the way the screen writer created a whole new story and only loosely based it on the book just the premise and a few other …more I really have to admire the way the screen writer created a whole new story and only loosely based it on the book just the premise and a few other things.
It's rare that an interpretation is so well thought out. The book is simple and interesting on its own. The twist at the end is delicious and it was a compelling read.
The movie on the other hand had so many layers. It was if it was a completely different novel in itself. Both can be appreciated. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. I should mention that this 1-star review is not at all related to my opinion of the movie "Slumdog Millionaire" which I liked much better than the book. I am glad that the movie-makers smartly retained the only decent thing about this novel that is the game show plot device and tossed almost all of the rest into the trash because that's where this novel truly belongs.
This book badly needs some editing or even better, a different author. I read in some review that "Slumdog Millionaire" feels lik I should mention that this 1-star review is not at all related to my opinion of the movie "Slumdog Millionaire" which I liked much better than the book. I read in some review that "Slumdog Millionaire" feels like a juvenile's attempt at writing and I have to agree. It is not even L of literature. It does not take long to get tired of the flat narration.
Anyway, writing style is perhaps not the biggest problem with this novel. The story is so full of cliches. Every episode in the life of the protagonist seems as if it is pulled out of some cheap bollywood masala movie the episodes in the movie Slumdog are way better. Swarup took all the vices and social issues he could think of and stitched it all together into a story. Child abuse, murder, suicide, incest, prostitution, theft, robbery, corruption, eve-teasing, poverty, riots, religious squabbles, underworld, India-Pak war it's all there.
Homophobia and pedophilia is way overdone. Such is the cheap drivel Swarup is selling in the name of realism. He has played out the religion card too and named the hero 'Ram Mohammed Thomas'. With this selling recipe in place Mr.
Swarup perhaps didn't think there was any need put an effort into the actual writing anymore. These are a few snippets of this book's review from site by people outside India: Well written and full of both common day-life and historical facts about the densely populated peninsula, This ain't modern India or even India in the older times for that matter. None of the episodes in the book has even a faint resemblance to the life of a common man in India.
A common man doesn't spend all his life amidst every imaginable crime and misery. Swarup is pandering to the western audience by giving an impression that abuse, poverty, misery and what not is all there is to Indian way of life. And that too from a person like Vikas Swarup who is an India diplomat and is supposed to represent India to the world outside. At least I think it was pretty clear in the movie that it was just a story of an orphan boy from slums.
The depiction of Bombay slum life as a backdrop was perhaps much closer to reality in the movie than Swarup's novel.
The movie never seemed to claim that that was the essence of life in India. Swarup, on the other hand, draws his characters from different economic classes, different religions, people ranging from movie stars to diplomats, priests, businessmen, middle-class, slum-dwellers and all.
And he presents every possible way of life in India with just a dark side to it. Swarup himself does not even live in India. And even during his visits to India I am sure he has only experienced the life of rich upper class who form only a small fraction of our population. It is not a surprise that he is completely out of the touch of the reality of common life in India.
Someone please tell him that watching a bunch of bollywood movies is not how you get an experience of Indian life. View all 54 comments.
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Published in , it was the author's first novel. Set in India, it tells the rags to riches story of Ram Mohammad Thomas, a young waiter who becomes the biggest quiz show winner in history, only to be sent to jail on accusations that he cheated. Over the course of the novel, Ram Mohammed Thomas gives flashbacks of his life to explain to the police how he knew the answers to the show's questions - including the corruption he was faced with and had to overcome.
The book is about destiny vs luck, and personal dedication. In , the book was loosely adapted into the multiple Oscar-winning movie Slumdog Millionaire, which features a new main character named Jamal and his brother Salim.
The movie is a comment on how poverty and corruption poison the human spirit, and how to retain one's true self in the face of adversity. View all 4 comments. One of the books I've discovered for Serbia, and I'm very proud of doing it much before the movie is made or won the Oscar This book has that "something" that makes you instantly fell in love with it from first sentence And you don't forget it ages later It took quite a time to catch readers' attention in Serbia Although this book had many editions in Serbia, his publisher completely ignored his second novel, pitty View all 3 comments.
I was completely unenchanted with the movie Slumdog Millionaire; the story, I felt, was predictable with characters that were totally uninteresting or completely unlikable. However, much as I was unimpressed with the movie, I couldn't shake the feeling that there was the kernel of a very interesting story there, and that maybe, just maybe, I might have a good experience with the book.
I am pleased to report that I was correct - the book [u: A few things t I was completely unenchanted with the movie Slumdog Millionaire; the story, I felt, was predictable with characters that were totally uninteresting or completely unlikable.
A few things that I preferred in the novel: Not a linear time-frame; in the movie, the progression of questions in Millionaire followed the progress of the boy's life. In the book, this is not the case - the time-line slips around a bit, and answers to certain questions give hints of things not yet revealed that have occurred in the past. It is far more intriguing, I thought, than a simple recitation of "then this happened; then this; and then this.
Sunil is not a heartless murderer. One of the main problems I had with the film was the Sunil was detestable from the get-go, locking his brother in the toilet, then selling his hard-won autograph. By contrast, the character of Sunil in the novel is a sweet boy, with no relation to the narrator, who loves films, who doesn't kill anyone, and who does not become hardened by the life around him. Sunil from the book is very much what I imagine what they wanted Jamal from the movie to be, except somehow in the movie Jamal was completely lacking in charisma and was actually kind of creepy.
Minimal love story. I am not a person who is opposed to a love story, certainly; however, as soon as Latika was introduced in the film, I groaned inwardly, that such an interesting premise was being wasted on yet another pair of star-crossed lovers.
The book, while there is certainly a romance, it does not span the entire book. Which allows Ram Mohammad Thomas which is the character of Jamal's name in the book to develop as a character beyond love-sick obsessive. It also allows the story to develop in interesting ways, as not everything is viewed through the lens of a forlorn lover. There are a lot more characters in the book who get their own stories, with more settings and more things happening.
The book creates a believable story of how life experiences can prepare a man to win a billion Rupees on a quiz show that is entertaining, funny, tragic, and horrible, that deserves, rather than is cheapened by, its happy ending. The movie just cannot compare. View all 9 comments. What's the saying? This is the book that presents a very young man who has already racked up quite the collection of life experiences, just by experiencing each day of his existence.
Luckily and happily, he can put this extraordinary existence to use and win himself a lot of money! But wait! Here comes yet another unsavory event: For cheating. Nobody can believe that "someone like him" could have known all those answers. They don' What's the saying? They don't know this young man and what his time in this world has been like.
They see a dark-skinned, humble peasant. They don't realize that they're looking at someone who could out-survive "Survivor. Seize your chance to sit down with him and go Behind the Answers. I loved the chapter names, how the chapters flowed, and getting to know Ram Mohammad Thomas.
He endured so much grime, he deserved to have his time to shine! Thanks for reading.
Bolna i surova knjiga o detetu koje je prinudjeno da se bori za goli opstanak u okrutnom svetu Istovrmeno nas uvodi u svet Indije, njenu kulturu i obicaje. Cita se u jednom dahu i definitivno ne moze nikoga da ostavi ravnodusnim. Really liked this book, surprisingly it was as good as the movie. So, great read: View all 5 comments. Dec 30, Leigh-ann rated it really liked it. I was torn about how to rate this book. On one hand, I just loved the unusual plot, and could have easily given it 5 stars.
On the other hand, wow, I don't remember the last time I read anything so blatantly homophobic. Three different male characters, two of whom are clearly identified as "gay", were predatory pedophiles who abused young boys.
A third man was also a pedophile who abused young boys, but at least the author never claimed he was gay. I didn't feel any of these characterizations we I was torn about how to rate this book. I didn't feel any of these characterizations were necessary elements of the plot, either, so they just seemed gratuitous. It's too bad, because this book could have easily made my list of my favourite novels of all time, but the homophobic overtones sort of ruined it for me. My review is based on the audiobook read by Christopher Simpson, who is absolutely outstanding given his vast array of accents and vocal gymnastics.
His readings adds an ingredient that would have been sorely missed without him.
Having just visited India, I found I was pulled right into the vivid storyline. His redemption arc is the close second side-story in the movie, alongside the great love story between Jamal and Latika, as well as Jamal's rise to fame in the show Who Wants To Be a Millionaire?
She stayed with them throughout their journey into the "orphanage" where the head man maimed children in order to get them to earn more when begging. After Jamal and Salim escape, she is left behind by Salim maliciously , and is later found married to the head of the gang who tortured and harassed them as children.
Men are perceived as evil and corrupt, and women are perceived as innocent and weak.
There is only one exception to this. A good man allows his gold-digging voodoo girlfriend to corrupt him, and they make a voodoo doll of his brother, which allows them to inadvertently kill him.
The man regrets this, only seeing the truth after his brother's death, and the woman is perceived as the corrupt one. In the movie Slumdog Millionaire , the themes are: true love, determination, corruption vs subservience, poverty, and ultimately greed. Jamal loves Latika from the moment they meet, and does everything he can to find her after Salim allows her to be left behind at the orphanage.
He sneaks into her house when he finds her again years later married to the head of the gang, and declares his love for her. Latika is bitter and jaded by this point.
She knows that life with her husband is horrible, but it is better than a life of poverty. Jamal eventually convinces her to leave him, but she is caught, scarred, and later escapes to see him on Who Wants To Be a Millionaire?
Chapters[ edit ] Each of the chapters are named after how much he earns from answering each game show question right. Prologue- The novel opens with Ram Mohammed Thomas being kidnapped by the police at night. This is a normal occurrence for Indians, apparently, and he has been terrified of it for years because of the fact that over the course of his life, he has taken lives and committed crimes in order to survive.
The police torture him, and question him about the quiz show he starred in, Who Wants To Win a Billion? Ram won the quiz show before the producers had enough money to actually award a first-prize winner, and the police are trying to get Ram to admit that he cheated in order to say that he does not deserve the prize. Salim idolizes Armaan Ali and refuses to believe any bad rumors about him.
The two go and watch an action movie about Arraman Ali. Then a man enters the theatre halfway through the movie and tries to touch Salim.
Salim reacts when he tries to touch his crotch and runs after him; he pulls off the man's fake beard and realizes that it is the movie star, Armaan Ali. This is how Ram knew the first question.
It is explained that Ram was abandoned at an orphanage shortly after birth. His dark skin means he was not popular amongst adoptive parents.
Father Timothy takes him in after Ram was adopted and shortly after abandoned by his divorced foster parents.
Q & A (Slumdog Millionaire)
He gave him a Christian, Muslim, and Hindu name to protect him from the civil wars raging in India. There he learned to speak English.
Ram also learned everything about the Catholic church, which is how he knew the answer to the second question. The father beats and sexually harasses his daughter Gudiya. During the chapter, the daughter gets sent to the hospital and Ram promised her that he would look after her cat Pluto who is killed by the father. At the end of the chapter, Ram thinks that he kills her father when he pushes the older man off of the highest floor of their building.
He flees to avoid persecution. This is how he knows the third question which is about the smallest planet in the solar system: Pluto. In this chapter, Ram is a juvenile in an orphanage where he was taken after the death of father Timothy. He meets a lot of boys like him with many different backgrounds. Later in this chapter, he and his newfound friend Salim are chosen by Sethji, a man known to change young peoples lives.
In Mumbai, Ram discovers what Sethji's real plan is and also learns about how he maims helpless children in order to make money.
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It is also in this chapter where Ram is given a lucky coin. Ram and Salim run away from the orphanage and move to Mumbai. It seems that everyone who has worked for the Taylors is caught in their wrongdoing and Mr. Colonel Taylor catches them in the act. One day, Ram picks up the phone to hear Mr. Colonel speak in code to a man panting on the other line. Ram notices that the Taylors take their rich lifestyle for granted.
One day, Ram follows Mr. Taylor to find him talking to a strange Indian man. The next day, a new cook arrives to replace the last one who thought he was in love with the Colonel's daughter. This new cook attempts a heist in the house when the Taylors were on vacation, but abandons his efforts when he realizes the Taylors do not store any valuables in their house, particularly in Mr.
Colonel's heavily-fortified den. Colonel shows he trusts Ram out of all his servants in his house by giving him access to his den to deactivate the security alarm. Colonel is arrested for treason and being a double agent. Ram learns how to up his tips by taking advantage of peoples drunkenness by getting them to download more.
However, through this learning experience, Ram meets some unusual characters; one in particular named Prakash Rao, who tells him all about his Haitian wife and his brother who died of a heart attack. The poor man is in despair as he pours out his story to Ram that he stole money from his brother, and his wife, who is a voodoo priestess, makes a voodoo doll of his brother for him. Prakash Rao admits to Ram that he had the guilty pleasure of taking all his troubles out on the voodoo doll of his brother, giving him painful headaches and small heartattacks.
Prakash Rao soon found out that his brother died a week ago of a major heart attack that he had caused through the voodoo doll. This is how Ram knows the answer to the fourth question. He travels with his 50, rupees he had earned from working.
He meets a family, tells their son about the money, then a robber comes in and the son, being jealous of Ram's money, rats him out. Then Ram ends up killing one of the robbers by shooting him in order to protect the beautiful daughter of the family, but the other robber vanished with his money.
This is how he knows the answer to the fifth question. An old servant tells heroic war stories about himself that inspire everyone. When the army comes to speak to the people in the bunker, it turns out that the story-teller is a liar. It leads Ram to the answer at the sixth question: which distinction you get if you did great deeds in war.
The Param Vir Chakra. First he didn't really want to see him. But then, when they both sat down on a bench watching little kids playing football, they realized how much they missed each other and started talking about the time when they didn't see each other. Salim talked about his past in which very much happened.
He followed his dream to become an artist. He asked Mukesh Rawal if he could get a part in a film and he replied that he had to take some professional pictures and show them to him. Then he would become a junior artist.Is this true? Prem was the unknown man who hurt Neelima. Alles over de eindexamens.
The book really opens my eyes to the misery and poverty in India. After an incident with another fake priest, Father Timothy dies and Ram has to find a place somewhere else.
The depiction of Bombay slum life as a backdrop was perhaps much closer to reality in the movie than Swarup's novel. However, through this learning experience, Ram meets some unusual characters; one in particular named Prakash Rao, who tells him all about his Haitian wife and his brother who died of a heart attack.
In the break, Ram wants to shoot Prem Kumar, the quiz master.